Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!  http://www.brokeandbookish.com/   

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This week the topic is about Top Ten _ Characters. Hmm. I think I'll be going with Top Ten Fascinating Female Characters in Fiction.

1) Anne Boleyn
Anne was the infamous 'Other Woman' who brought down the Catholic faith in Britain, who caused Henry VIII to commit bigamy and who was beheaded for not giving him a son. Anne was intelligent, ambitious and extroverted, making her the most fascinating woman in history for me and I love reading all the Tudor fiction about her life and grisly death. Fiction books vary on whether she loved Henry, married him just for power or was shoved into it by her family. Stories differ on whether there was incest with her brother George in desperation to get the son that would save her. I love all the variations, even those I don't believe to be true. 

2) Buffy Summers
I was addicted to Buffy The Vampire Slayer when I saw it on TV and have all the box sets on dvd. I loved the idea of one girl chosen to fight all the vampires and demons, with the super librarian Giles to guide her and her nerdy friends...wannabe witch Willow, goofy comic relief Xander, werewolf Oz, snobbish Cordelia, tortured Angel...I couldn't get enough of the series and I read a lot of the books which varied in quality. I especially enjoyed the Watchers Guides and the Sunnydale Yearbook.

3) Katniss Everdeen
I love The Hunger Games Trilogy. Her father's death and mother's depression means that Kat has been looking after the whole family and providing for her sister. When her sister is chosen for the Hunger Games, Kat volunteers in her place. Kat manages to retain her humanity in spite of the brutal games where only one can live at the end. I loved her bravery and the way she didn't lose herself despite the circumstances. Loved the books but haven't got round to watching the films yet. 

4) Daenerys Targaryen
Dany is just 13 when she is given to Khal Drogo to be his bride, in exchange for her brother Viserys being backed by Drogo's army. Learning from knight Jorah Mormont and her dothraki servants, Dany soon learns how to speak the language, influence her husband and have others do her bidding. She goes from frightened child to a leader that inspires her people and I thought she was a great character in the books and especially in the TV series. She would make a great ruler of the Seven Kingdoms as long as she keeps her humanity.

5) Jane Rochford
Sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn, this woman is either the bullied victim of her nasty husband or a spiteful bitch who lied to see him and his sister Anne sentenced to death for incest. History does not treat her kindly but I admit that I am fascinated by books about her. I love her complex relationship with George Boleyn and Queen Anne, and I just wish there were more books out there about her. Read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory as well as this one by Emily Purdy.

6) Ellen Ripley
The ultimate kickass female! Ellen is a normal woman with a child and a job that takes her away from home. When her ship makes contact with a deadly alien species, it transforms her from crew member to alien consultant to kickass warrior, and she conquers her own fears to take on and defeat the aliens. If there was ever a role model for women it is Ripley! She is tough, resiliant and adapts quickly to each situation she is faced with.

7) Alice Abernathy
Alice was already a kickass security expert working for the Umbrella Corporation until she decided to bring it down. She didn't act in time and there was a zombie outbreak which led to her capture. Now she has been given upgrades to turn her into some kind of super soldier but she is still determined to beat the bad guys. I loved Alice in the books and the films.

8) Aaliyah  
Ali is the sniper for special forces Alpha Team, the first line of defence for Britain in the zombie apocalypse. She is tough and determined, she is totally kickass and she is a great character. And for those who love diversity, her family roots are from Somalia. She's one of my favourite characters in the whole series.

9) Pam
Pam is a vampire, Eric's loyal sidekick but deadly in her own right. She is rude, opinionated, funny and totally lethal. I always enjoyed her scenes with Eric and Sookie through the series. She also digs girls which was refreshing for a vampire character. I never watched enough of the TV series to see how she was portrayed as I didn't like True Blood much.

10) The Morrigan
She is the self confessed Goddess protector of Atticus who strikes fear into her enemies and followers alike. She is rude, has no understanding of the ways of humans but loves baseball as she can soak up the misery of players failing. I loved her character in the Iron druid series and she is always entertaining in short stories and novels alike. 


  1. Man, I did 5 kick-butt females and totally forgot Pam. I ADORE her. Of course, I also think she was more fun in the television series than she was in the book. She would have been an awesome fit for my snarky females. Ripley and Dany are great additions too. Nice job!

    1. It was fun to think of kickass women for a list! Pam was actually the last one I thought of so I nearly forgot her! I love Ripley...a real role model!

  2. Anne Boleyn was a fascinating person. Dany and Katniss are badass ladies, too.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

    1. I never get tired of reading about or watching docs on Anne Boleyn! She is my favourite historical character!

  3. I don't read as much historical fiction as I used to, but I still find it hard to resist anything to do with the Tudors or Anne Boleyn. And of course Dany had to be on this list, she's amazing! :)

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

    1. The Tudors are one of my ultimate obsessions and I have a few enticing books to read yet! Anne was just totally fascinating. I can't get enough of Henry and his wives!

  4. Excellent list! I need to read some of these, especially the Kevin Hearne -- I think I've mentioned that before. And of course I need to get to Game of Thrones.

    1. I'm finally on my third Game of Thrones book and I'm very much enjoying it!